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This is a beach town and also a place of worship. The Diveagar Beach is known for its clean sands and white waters. There is not much you can do or explore here but this place is still a very popular weekend getaway especially for Mumbaikars. The Suvarna Ganesha Temple is a famous place of worship and also has an interesting story behind it. Once when there was nothing over here, a lady farmer named Pratibha was busy in her daily work. While ploughing the field she got a copper box which was buried deep down and came up due to repeated ploughing. Inside this box was an idol of Lord Ganesha covered completely with gold and also withe a mask made of gold. The idol weighed about 12 kg. There was then built the temple of the Suvarna Ganesha which is still very popular.
Sometimes, you just need a place that understands your need to be left alone. Diveagar it is. About 130 kms down the Mumbai-Goa highway is a turn at Mangaon. Drive another 30kms farther from there and you’ve reached Diveagar. Get down to the most peaceful beach you’ve met. Diveagar is a splendid, long stretch (almost 6-7kms!) of pristine sand and water. You can expect some birds for company, who’ve probably come to relax too! Don’t even think about a city (not because it’s far) because you are in a world away from the madness. Enjoy the beach to yourself, take a short walk and you can find some homestays or guesthouses between acres of betel and coconut plantations! Again, take your own transport here so you don’t feel completely stranded in paradise!
Awesome beach , great food and adventure sorts.
Excellent getaway from the hustle bustle of Pune and Mumbai.
After strolling around for an hour, we started to drive back home. Enthralled with what the majestic sea gives you to retain all life, we would surely head back again with a stop over at Divegar as well. Well this surely was a much needed deserved break!
Booked a self-drive car,packed our bags and here we were hitting the road at 4am in morning.We started our journey to Diveagar beach and the drive was just beautiful.No traffic, no lights,just us and the night sky.The stars were clear and "yellow" playing in the car made it even more special.After about 5-6 hours of drive and a long break in between we reached diveagar beach. The beach was hidden behind long stretches of palm trees and dense shrubs. With lot of resorts and homestays around, staying and changing rooms are not a problem. We quickly got into our gears and hit the beach. This beach is a mix of peace and activities. With all the water sports around one can negotiate and get the adrenaline pumping with water scooter,bumper ride and sofa ride etc. Paragliding is not worth the money and time as it done on ground with you being pulled by a Jeep and not on water.After spending time here, we wanted to explore some more and took off to the road along the sea line. This was the best decision we took that day.
What happens when you have best friends who love to travel? Yes, unlimited fun and some unforgettable experiences. This is a story of 6 girls dragging through the mundane IT life and who have not met in one and half years. So, after lines and lines of WhatsApp discussions, vetoing against Goa; the reunion special, we zeroed it down to a sleepy town in the district of Raigad, Diveagar.The journeyFlying across the country, all the way from Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai, we pitched our tent in the Deccan queen Pune. An early morning start ensured that we hit the majestic Western Ghats with ample time in our hands to enjoy the route. The monsoon has just begun receding, and the time could not have been better for a long 190 kms drive to the Konkan coast. We were lucky to witness the Sahyadri Ranges in it complete glory. The breathtaking lush greens of the Ghats, engulfed in the misty clouds are a treat to the eyes. The roads are decent enough so we completed the whole journey via Mulshi route passing the beautiful Tahmini ghat, then Mangoan to the town of Diveagar in 4 and half hours.
A phone call at about four o'clock in the morning is usually not for good news. But that call from a friend was just not an ordinary one. It brought a good news of an unplanned trip to an unknown place called Diveagar in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Within half an hour I packed my backpack and set out on the journey. After a brief halt for delicious roadside breakfast and tea, we continued through the Maharashtra State Highway as we were a bunch of friends seeking out solitude and adventure. The trip was just mesmerizing with endless turns and twists. The autumn has painted the forests with flaming colours, the fields were filled with smiling farmers collecting their crops and may be sharing some jokes and the bright sunny day was just enough to fill my heart with hopes, expectations and relaxation after a tiring week. The wind in my hair...the sunrise ...the fresh morning glow of the sun.....oh what a beautiful journey that was!At about 11:30 we finally reached our much awaited destination -Diveagar. The dozing village was resembling a tiny fairy tale village spelled by some witch - sleeping for years. Before heading to nearby places we decided to rent a homestay and have some food. Now this was a bit tricky mainly because no one was there on the street or in front of the houses to whom we can approach for a room. Finally saw a lady in front of a house and she was willing to rent out her place to us. We settled down and asked her about food arrangements as the village does not have much restaurants. All the homestatys provide accommodation as well as food to the travellers. To our surprise she offered us one of the best meals that we have had in our lives - a sumptuous spread of rice, dal, Surmai fish fry and curry, solkadhi and top of it the unmatched hospitality of simple village folks.
A canopy of coconut and palm trees on the way to the beach The path to the beach was interesting. There were huge sprawling mansions, guest houses and a banana and coconut plantation on the other, resulting in a nice canopy over our head. The farm was blocked from the road but there were a few holes through which we could scurry in and wander about, soaking in the neatly spaced trees, the irrigation system and the sudden colour from flowers. The entrance to the beach was to put it kindly, scary. It looked like someone had set the trees on fire, and with their burn out spindly branches, they looked like burned out corpses. The beach was worth it. Barring certain spots which were filled with weird assortment of horses, camels, dogs, coconut vendors and small motorised cars, the rest was empty. All life- people and animals- seemed to converge at one spot. The lack of people proved to be a blessing. We could roam around undisturbed. It was low tide when we reached; the water was cool and the waves gently lapped around our ankles. We sat and watched the sun go down, scaring away little crabs that had covered the beach with millions of holes.By 7pm, remembering our hostess’ warning to be back early, we headed back. The roads were empty, we had just our shadows for company and all that we could hear were crickets and stray dogs howling. In old films this would have been the time some unwanted creature would make a sudden appearance. We were, however, more afraid of being stopped and questioned for being out ‘late’. At that hour, most of the home-stays appeared closed for dinner. A few polite inquiries were made standing at the gates of a couple of places. It was only after stressing that we were indeed there to eat, were we allowed in. The food luckily made up for the slightly hostile reception. It was delicious in a way that all home-cooked food is, made with generous helpings of coconut and kokum and simple spices. My friend had a vegetarian thali; it consisted of beans in gravy, potatoes and capsicum sabji, dal, fluffy rotis and white rice.
A new year brings a new start to your life. The calendar changes and so does the time. This was my first time that I was working, that too on a new years eve. So what better way to start the year by taking a trip with your mom and cousin, and to escape all the hustle and chaos in your life.So it was my mom's first visit to Pune for me, and I wanted to make her experience a randomly happy one with loads of memories to look back to. So what's better than taking a trip to the beach side! Oh wait...a clean, calm and beautiful beach side!! That made Diveagar an easy choice.Diveagar is a small village on the western coast and is a part of Raigad district in Maharashtra. The ride from Pune takes about 5 hours and is mostly a mountain ride. If you love speed though, this journey is not for you. The traffic on the way is almost none and you can enjoy the view of the ghats. The road is okay.
We reached Diveagar at around 12noon and although the beach was not too crowded there were more people than we expected. Frankly, we thought it would be a little more peaceful so we decided to move ahead after 30-45mins. You'll get some snacky things to munch on the beach if you wanna hang out more.
We started off quite late as my mother was in no mood to hurry-up, keeping it lazy is her idea of a perfect holiday. The destination we embarked on was, Diveagar. It is a small Konkani coastal town in Raigad district of Maharashtra state. It is about 170 km from my place and it takes about 4 hours to reach.
If you are planning to travel along the coastal road from Diveagar, then head towards the Diveagar Beach Road. The road is surrounded by coconut orchards and at the end of the village, we came upon a beautiful old bridge.
The locals will always give u amazing support even if u dont speak their language. The ride from Shrivardhan to Diveagar is through a thick forest ...and then u drive along the beach . It takes a little over an hour to reach Diveagar. The village is a beautiful spot between hills and ocean. Its not a place where u find big hotels and well finished roads. The local villagers have converted their homes into well furnished motels and the best part...u get to eat the best sea food ever. The place is so embedded in purity and chastity , its so unpolluted and clean , its so nice to escape the rush of the city and get in touch with roots . The village has many motels and they give u home made food cooked. You can stroll down the lanes of the village to find the relaxed rural life. The clean air and silent ambience is great. The beach of Diveagar is a Jackpot for people who love water sports and they are dirt cheap. The Locals organise them and they can arrange packages for these sports and u can contact them in motels itself. The beach is beautiful and not over polluted or populated. U can have hell lot of time and time passes like sand from ur hand. The spine-chilling water sports is definetly for people who can brave them ( I like my feet firmly on the ground).
From there our first destination was Diveagar, the divine gate(so as it means), a small coastal village with a long 4 kms of serene beach-line. Quite a few options were available in terms of water sports activities.The sleepy village is dotted with innumerable home stays, hotels and restaurants. I was surprised to see a luxury resort apart from the MTDC owned retreat which lies just by the beach. You can have an affordable home stay for as low as 500 and that too not very far away. The surrounding areas are well dotted by arecacnut trees(supari) which give the place a charm in itself. We couldn't stop ourselves from getting into the sea with the sun setting into it as if the place was a painting! You won't find people swarming to these beaches may be because these are still waiting to get explored by many. We were into the sea till it got a little dark and it seemed we are the last ones left out there. While returning to our stay we couldn't even spot the few snack shops which were set up by the villagers during the day time. The noise of the sea waves were so clearly evident. After taking a quick bath we decided to make our night stay a bit drunken but couldn't find the resources! After asking some fellow travellers we came to know about the place, Borle, 2 Kms from Diveagar, to get our drinks. Reaching there I was taken aback by the width of choices we could have in terms of the drinks. Needless to say that the night was long and we had a good sleep.
Diveagar: The queen beach of them all, I can never stop recounting the beauty of this beach. An immensity of a stretch, time just passes by as you watch the slow activities unravelling around you. On a windy day, you can actually see the fine white sands scurrying along the beach and forming wavy striations on the long sandy expanses. One of the most fecund beaches in the state in terms of tiny marine life, a plunge in the clear waters is a must. Finish your dip with some fresh off the tree coconut waters and spicy fish fry at one of the many shacks close to the beach. For the devoutly theistic ones, there’s a popular temple nearby dedicated to Ganesha. Distance: Roughly 200 km from Mumbai Where to stay: Plenty of homestay options along with resorts such as the Exotica and the Pearl. It would be a good suggestion to book in advance especially on long weekends, as this place is gradually increasing in popularity What else: There are quite a few temples around Diveagar (the Ganesha temple being the most popular). Harihareshwar and Srivardhan are other options lying south within 50 kms
The locals will always give u amazing support even if u dont speak their language. The ride from Shrivardhan to Diveagar is through a thick forest and then u drive along the beach. It takes a little over an hour to reach Diveagar. The village is a beautiful spot between hills and ocean. Its not a place where you find big hotels and well finished roads. The local villagers have converted their homes into well furnished motels and the best part...you get to eat the best sea food ever. The place is so embedded in purity and chastity, its so unpolluted and clean, its so nice to escape the rush of the city and get in touch with roots. The village has many motels and they give you home made food cooked. You can stroll down the lanes of the village to find the relaxed rural life. The clean air and silent ambience is great.The beach of Diveagar is a Jackpot for people who love water sports and they are dirt cheap. The Locals organise them and they can arrange packages for these sports and you can contact them in motels itself. The beach is beautiful and not over polluted or populated.The spine-chilling water sports is definetly for people who can brave them.
The next morning we woke up and left for the beach which was almost 10 min away.We were stunned by the view at first glance, clean water, bright white sand, the calmness and the cold breeze. All in all we knew it was a right decision to come to Diveagar. Took off our t-shirts and ran straight to the sea. The water was too cold and the waves were huge. You could actually try your hands on surfing over there, the waves are that big and looks amazing. Don’t know if this was due to the earthquake that had happened a day before somewhere in the Arabian sea, but all in all we had lots of fun. Went back home took some rest, and then went for some booze shopping. Just a heads up on the situation there are no wine shops in Diveagar, the only way to get alcohol is through 2 bars which provide alcohol based on bar rates even if you buy them for parcel due to which we had to seattle for McDowells Whisky. Even though we had a budget of Blenders Pride we could only manage to buy :( The night ended with party, music and dance all over.
Untouched clean pristine beaches that allow for the Olive Ridley turtles to come by and lay their eggs between November - February every year
Velas Beach, Ratnagiri: This small coastal village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharastra becomes a travellers' hotspot during the Velas Turtle Festival during this time of the year. Hundreds of Olive Ridley Turtles come to the Velas Beach during this breeding season. The festival dates back to 2006 and is organised by the locals with the help of an NGO, Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra.Roadways is the usual mode of transport to reach Velas, as the beach is well-connected to all the major cities of Maharashtra.Read More: Velas - the final journey home by Kush.
Do check out this space for more, as we post detailed photos and updates on Bankot fort, Velas beach, and Harihareshwar beaches. If you plan a travel on this road then don't hesitate to message/comment below for any tips or directions.This blog was originally published on 'Shoe Bytes'
We reached Velas at 6 o’clock morning; this small village has something special in it, Some kind of internal peace kind of vibes. Velas is small Villege where you cannot find any lodge or rent room service, so we decided to stay at one of the resident house. I must say staying there like local villagers with limited resources is something extraordinary that we have never experienced.
Velas BeachThe beach mesmerized us with the golden sand & clean water, since it's an official turtle hatching place only nature & turtle lovers allowed on beach & it's stated by government of India .
Rest of the time in Velas was spend in fun by the sea. The waves at this beach are very strong. And Rocky Mountains surround them all along the coastline. One needs to be very careful while going inside them. But sitting on sand at some distance and quietly listening to the waves is very soothing. Cool breeze gives you an “air bath”. One also gets very nice view of sunrise and sunset there. Surely we would return there for Arribadas. During which NGOs train the tourist for patrolling at night for safety of turtles.
Wanna witness the Olive Ridley Turtles hatching on the western coast of india, then Velas, Dist. Ratnagiri Maharashtra is the perfect place.Olive Ridley Turtles are on a verge of extinction in india. One can witness turtle hatching in india only in Puri, Orissa and Velas, Maharashtra. The locals of Velas are doing a splendid job in saving these rare species.The best part of Velas beach is tourists are not allowed to stay on the beach after sunset. You will not even find a cop or a security personnel patroling the beach. The locals themselves take care of their motherland. The locals patrol the beach during night, and look for the mother turtle laying her eggs. Just after the eggs are being layed, those are being carried safely and placed in the hatchery. The turtle conservation in Velas was started just about 9-10 years back. An ecologist from Mumbai started creating awareness in the minds of people in Velas,regarding extinction of olive Ridley turtles,  and thus the festival began. According to the Kasav mitra mandal (name not sure) they will feel their conservation mission is accomplished at the 15th year from the start of conservation. As it takes atleast 15 yrs for an adult female turtle to lay eggs. According to them when the first batch of hatched Turtles come back to lay eggs after 15 yrs from the day of start, they are done with their job. The turtle fest starts in the month of Feb and ends in April every year. There are no commercial hotels in Velas, only home stays are available.It takes around 6-7 hours by road from Mumbai to reach Velas.Fact fun : * A male turtle never comes on shore.* A female turtle never comes on shore after laying eggs, Infact she doesn't remembers where she had layed her eggs.* 1:1000 is the survival rate of olive Ridley turtles once they are into the sea after hatching.
Exploring a joy of birth, struggle and nature law in that fraction of an hour which teaches you life, by a creature which has just born and is ready to face the world.Velas , a small village situated in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. A place which recognised it's worth on global map as a nesting ground for Olive Redley Turtles, one of endangered species.Females turtles travel miles to reach his homely beach to lay their eggs. The count varies from 100-400 eggs per turtle. It takes 45-55 days to hatch. At times the female turtle return back without hatching if they find artificial lights or human intervention on beach. The process happens naturally and there is no artificial process for hatching, so you need to be super lucky to experience this natural phenomena. How to reach :- State transport buses are available  from Mumbai and Pune till Velas. From Pune it takes 200km to reach by road. Pune -Mulshi - Mangaon - Harihareshwar- Bandkot- VelasSeason to visit :- Turtle hatching season starts in March till May depending when the first nest has been recognised. Example if the nest is identified  in January the hatching of eggs would  get complete in 45-55 days. Swimming is prohibited in the sea, so rest of the year the beach is vacant and there are no water sport activities carried out. The nests are checked twice a day at 6 am and 6pmCost:- Villagers have setup home stays where they offer you local food with minimal costA nonveg plate costing from ₹ 200-350Stay including veg food varies from ₹ 650- 1000Experience :- I started my journey on a Saturday morning from Pune. After a calm ride on by bike for almost 3 hrs through Tamini ghat,  then a diversion at Mangaon reached Harihareshwar beach. This beach has its own ethical values.There is a temple and people come here to complete few ethics of their lost ones. The beach is well maintained and has a very beautiful scenic beauty where you have to climb 150 steps and decend to view some marvelous creation by water on rocks. The water is brutal here so one has to be cautious especially the selfie crazy fans as every year has been few casualty due to negligence from touristsExploring the beach for an hr and having my refreshments (Panhe - a drink made from raw mango relishes you a lot) , I took my way to Velas. Reached there through a 10 min ferry ride which is a joy itself. Hardly 30 minutes it took me to reach Vilas village.Every home has a home stay, however when it's a peak hatching season my suggestion would be make prior booking. The family with whom I took my accommodation were very much friendlyI took a ₹650 package including stay, lunch, dinner , breakfast (I didn't bargain on cost as it was a local means of earnings for them, however it was cheap compared to other beach stays I had). Got freshed up and had a chit chat with them to know the details of the festival. Sorry I didn't update you guys it's the famous Turtle Festival 🐢Knowing the details of these turtles and how locals with help of NGO and forest department are working hand in hand and making it a success in saving this creature. ( Reading might have helped , however hearing from locals was more important). After having my nap, at 5.30 we headed towards the beach at the nests. They have made manual enclosure to keep them safe from predators. They have appointmented locals to gaurd them 24x7. The time arrived where a volunteer checks if any eggs have been hatched.(it's like khul ja simsim like feelings, fingers crossed to have some magic) These eggs are under sand, so the volunteer checks the depression of sand. The attempt was failed and all the visitors had a sad expressions as non of the egg had hatched, so no turtle to view. So had to wait for next 12 hrs and wait till next session in morning. I had ample time to explore the beach. Walking on sand, kabaddi with sea water( the Dear Zindagi scene by SRK ) humming some old hindi songs Aye Zindagi Gale Lage le🎶🎶🎶 and watching my foot prints on sand and gazing a good bye message to the sun. The beach has a small mountain close to it where you can reach on top and get a awesome view. The sun doozed off and time I had to get back to my room. Do carry a tourch as you may get lost and there is no mobile coverage. Later enjoying my favourite Surmai Fry (I am from Konkan so fish has been an integral part of my diet and I love fish 🐟 a lot and it's a heavenly feeling to have some fresh fish always)  which I had requested for. After completing my pet puja it was time for some rest and to end the day.
I had set an alarm to wake up at 5 am, got up and set my way towards beach. Enjoying the silence and calms of water sounds. Slowly I saw people making their way towards nest. The volunteer decided to have a check. The first basket was empty a urge of disappointment could be sensed by everyone. A aunty next to me said Ganapati Bappa morya!! To bring back the excitement and the miracle happened. The second basket had 3 cute small turtles moving around. Wow simply awesome. Everyone was super excited and the happiness can't be explained in world( Wankhede pe Dhoni was winning six wali feeling thi)  Staying below the few feets of ground for 55 days , getting naturally incubated and then coming above the sand and to have the energy to live your life. Nature has its own rules!! A creature as small as a ₹10 dollar coin. Kids around were excited. Nature photographer were overwelmed with joy. Klick! Klick! I didn't carry any digi cam or DSLR as I wanted to capture them in memories, however couldn't stop a video of these lovely creature which would stay alive even when we won't be alive. (Turtles have more life than humans!! Don't take my comments seriously I am not that senti character) later the turtles are carried in basket and taken close to sea. Marking are made so their trails are visible​ on sand. How a natural instinct that a creature who came to life comes to know it has to go towards water!!! Slow and steady the babies made their way , crawling and reaching their destination. One of the turtle was washed back to shore by water, however it crawled back and made its way. A life lesson taught by this creature in just few minutes. Nature law, will power, dedication, faith in itself and more important to be ready to face the suitation. That why I gave it a name Rejoice life!!This made my day, I started my return journey the same day. A life experience which every solo traveller needs to be learned were been taught by this lovely , miniature in the frame of few minutes. You need to respect the laws of nature. Respect nature and it will reward you back. Good bye to these Turtles who would be a gaint tomorrow and may come back after years to lay down eggs, so I can show my kids and the cycle goes on!! Sorry no click of 🐢 to show as I had a view, I shall share the link soon. If you wish to plan your trip to here, hurry up the next batch of hatching is from 10 April 2017 till 20 April.If you miss it this year, you would have to wait till next year.
We enjoyed that evening witnessing a baby turtle beginning its life, sky taking on the shades of orange, white buzzard flying high, sea kissing the shore’s feet, stars winking at us and we walked hand in hand with fireflies on the tiny dark road.Walking on the streets of the village in the night with the lovely bunch of people was fun but the most interesting part was to learn the technique of finding the spider in the night. We didn’t know which spider it was but when you put the light on it in a particular angle it shines. Thanks Prathmesh for sharing this information and other exciting stories of leopards with us.Morning was bit lazy and delicious as none of us could stop ourselves from asking more Pohas from Aunty. We bought Mangoes, Jackfruits and got Nutmegs, lapel pins as souvenir from Velas. As there were less number of tourist this time, ferry was waiting for us at the jetty rather than we waiting for our turn in ferry as usually is the case. We put our vehicle in that ferry and crossed the river to reach Harihareshwar.
Suvarna Ganesh Mandir
Situated in Diveagad, this is a famous and revered temple which is visited by hundreds of tourists throughout the year. This is a very old temple and there are no sources of when it was built. The prime deity inside is that of an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is completely made out of red old bricks and is partly into ruins. The addition to its rustic charm is brought in by the surrounding greeneries.
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India’s second largest city, Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is home to a few hundred captivating contrasts and creeds. Mumbai is bursting with frenetic bazaars, shaded avenues thronged by commuters and roads brimming with traffic. The dynamic Maharashtrian metropolis is also a powerhouse of India’s business and trade sectors. But regardless, the city’s ethos lies in its biggest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in people-watching and eating bhelpuri by the iconic arch of the Gateway of India and in the exquisite Taj Mahal Palace, that holds a decade worth of stories about both Bombay and Mumbai. A few other places to visit in Mumbai are Nariman Point - a legion of office blocks in the heart of the city and the Prince of Wales Museum for its eclectic architecture. Watching the sunset with a plate of vada pav at Marine Drive and experiencing the vibrant festival of Ganesh Chaturthi at Juhu Beach are few of the best things to do in Mumbai. One must also travel to Mumbai to be dazzled by the country’s biggest, and most prolific film and media industry, wherein if you’re lucky, you might stumble upon a Bollywood star or two. Read More
A day out with my cousin and his family was another highlight of the mumbai journey.
I have been to Mumbai many a time but this time along with being there I was first time going to explore the rest of Maharashtra.(Leave Shirdi aside)The first of my visits surprise surprise was to a mall.Phoenix MallThe mall had the theme of the most deadly animals to ever hit Earth- dinosaurs.You could enjoy all sort of detective games and stuff to go along.
Day 7: Haridwar to Mumbai.We boarded train from Haridwar in the morning to reach Delhi on time as I had a flight for Mumbai in the eve.Truly a trip of a lifetime , made friends and experienced just a different world.Picture Courtesy: #CatchsnapVisit us on : https://www.facebook.com/catchsnapbysonamsingh/
Total Distance from mumbai to kaas plateau : 279 KmTotal Travel time : 6 hoursHow to reach :1.car/taxi2. public transportBest time to visit: Mid September to mid October to see full bloom.
Shopping is a woman’s thing, they say. And is really complicated if you are a girl. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.Honestly I should be the last person you should ever shop with. Even being a girl my choices always have been inclined to masculine outfits.Cargos. Tshirts. Army Shorts And much more!Fashion goes where trend follows. Unlike other places where fashion is the prime look Mumbai stands out. Although Mumbai is the epicenter of fashion, the years I’ve been living here made me realise even if you dress up like a hag and go out, you won’t be judged here.I mean there were times when I used to travel a lot in local trains for my classes and that type of travelling had one hell of a different experience.
It was at the beginning of the year that we decided to finally do it. And somehow, everything fell into place. We booked our flights from Mumbai up to Jammu. Finding accommodation at Katra, the base of the mountain and then further travel up in the helicopter till Sanjhichhat were another set of bookings that were needed to be done.Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine board is impeccable in its organisation – be it arranging rooms or helicopter services. Having made it online, it has made the process even easier. We booked the room at Kalika Bhavan, the Shrine board’s own accommodation, quite in advance. The booking for the trip up the mountain, on the helicopter happened earlier, similarly.Pro tip: When you’re booking the helicopter, make two separate bookings for you onward and return journey. Return bookings afford you only 3 hours within which one has to walk up to the Bhawan, have the darshan and return. That being said, it is almost impossible to walk up to the Bhairav Nath temple which is further up the mountain, within the allocated 3 hours.
Countless movies have shown us Mumbai's monsoon being absolutely magical, but I beg to differ. Yes, the rains in July wash the dirt off this eventful megalopolis and make the city look prettier but, the perpetual jam in the suburban areas is a put off. The roads are clogged and the trains are crowded more than usual. Whenever it's not raining, the humidity, at its peak, makes walking even a 100 meters feel like 10 kilometres. So save your time and money, and experience Mumbai like never before, when this city isn't going crazy handling its water-logging crisis.The best time to visit Mumbai is in December. The beaches are lined up with colourful stalls and the weather is fantastic!
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Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Called the Oxford of the East, Pune is a bubbling cosmopolitan city. A large student hub, this city loves art, culture and theatre. The Sahyadri hill range of the Western Ghats makes this destination ideal for hiking and wildlife spotting. A shower of rain brings the city alive. The Agha Khan Palace of Pune is a sprawling complex with emerald green gardens and sprawling lawns, perfect for a casual stroll. The Shaniwarwada is an ancient structure built by the Peshwas and the ruins of this marvellous architecture can still be seen in the city. Dedicated to the brave hearts of the Indian Army, the National War Museum is a popular tourist destination and houses militia paraphernalia. Those interested in meditation can get day passes from the Osho International Meditation Resort, which is very popular with tourists. Handcrafted beer, baked goodies at the Kayani Bakery on East Street and eateries such as Touche the Sizzler, Malaka Spice and Dario's will complete your trip here. Read More
Monsoon often makes travel fussy. For people travelling in mountains it makes traveling difficult due to the risk of landslides and road blocks. For trekkers, the trail becomes slippery and people sometimes avoid traveling at that time. How about If I say that there is a place better to travel in monsoon than any other time of the year. I am talking of Pune and its surrounding.
Life is better in hiking boots, Saturday 24th June 2017.Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the Nature. Wash your spirit clean.We started from Pune at 1.oo pm reached Thakurwadi by 6.30 pm after introduction from group members we start walking towards the plateau the route is pretty easy.It is a steady ascent over bad roads and jungle trails. Difficulty level is easy and almost everybody should be able to do.you should avoid carrying heavy load on trek.
Pune: Giridarshan | Yuvashakti
For starters, Pune has the Imagica theme park with rides, restaurants, and performances that can make any summer vacation a delight. You can stay at Novotel Imagica Khopoli that’s inside the theme park and let the young ones try every ride and slide with no time pressure.A more refined experience in Pune is ABC Farms, where you can take your little gourmet travellers to sample different varieties of cheese. Slightly older kids can accompany you to the Soma Vine Village in Nashik for a tranquil holiday amidst picturesque vineyards. What will they do there, you ask?Hang out at the Red Room that is full of games, try adventure sports such as rock climbing, go cycling on the estates, and swim in the pool. Meanwhile, you can do wine tastings and vineyard tours.
Finally had to say good buy to the picturesque Ooty which rejuvenated my soul !Visit Ooty any time of the year and it would never disappoint you . But if you are an ardent fan of nature , visit this place during monsoons . It would give you a chance to redefine beauty .
It all started with the idea of giving a birthday surprise. Packed the bags and started off the trip from Pune with birthday boy.You can reach Ooty by choosing various routes. One way to reach is via Banglore/Mysore . I opted for nearest airport from Ooty i.e. Pune to Coimbatore via flight and then covered remaining 85km(approx) distance to Ooty by road . You get cabs easily from main road outside the airport.Don't go for the taxis which are inside airport's premises as they would charge higher .
The alarm buzzed at 6 AM and we were supposed to join office but we were 250 Km far from Pune . Within 30 minutes we were ready and left Kolhapur . Made a call to my manager that I will be a bit late as I have an appointment with a doctor and by 11 AM we reached home. Yippie the trip is over successfully time to go to work and I was at my desk by 12 PM responding to the emails and back to normal daily life.My manager enquired me about my health and what happened that I need to visit doctor but deep inside I was smiling thinking about my journey :)Distance Travelled : 269 KmTotal Distance Travelled : 1529 KmDo watch our Entire Journey here https://youtu.be/nzni-bL9QyoThanks for going through my travelogs , do watch the trailer video that i linked with this blog . Comment and let me know your views ,it will inspire us for more trips in near future . Also you can connect with our facebook page https://facebook.com/moto2wrist and our youtube channel MOTO2WRIST where we upload more such videosTHANKSRAKESH (MOTO2WRIST)
The bus dropped me off at 6 AM across a highway with nothing in sight but a tiny tea stall and a dingy OYO room service that cost more than my flight tickets back from Pune to Delhi. Like other two coastal stays, this city served a purpose as well and we’ll unfold it after we get through my understanding of progressive rock and music in general.I don’t own any instruments. I couldn’t afford one and now it’s just too late because I would rather invest my money on things that’d shape memories and reap benefits for a happier future.The pure joy of music came very late to me, at least the kind that gets me numb and holds its wire against the pulse of my wrist to check if I’m still alive. More than anything else, it’s like running on a hedonic treadmill that won’t stop unless you want it to.Exhilarating. Overwhelming. Soothing.Three words that summed up my interpretation of music, irrespective of the genre like books and on-the-road shenanigans.
Before we get to actual trip, here’s what happened during the prep stage. As a lazy guy, procrastination is my forte. So obviously when it came to packing for this trip, I waited until the last day (the last 10 hours of the last day, to be precise). The last time I was in Himachal Pradesh, the weather was perfect for beach-bum shorts, flip-flops and if I was feeling risque enough, a floral shirt. This time was a little different. Since it was the beginning of Winter, the temperature there did not permit the exposure of my sexy legs and so I had to pack accordingly. Once I got that out of the way, with a little help from a friend who folded my clothes and my underwear (reluctantly) while I supervised, I was ready to leave.
117 Kms from Diveagar
Best time to visit - February,March,November,December
The city of Thane is a great getaway from Mumbai. Its beautiful lakes, lovely locales, boat rides and old forts makes it a popular weekend spot for tourists. The most popular lake here is the Upwan Talao, which is also famous for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival. This sparkling lake also houses a Ganesha temple near its confines. Enjoy the thrill of water rides at the Suraj Water Park, which also doubles up as a picnic spot here. The Masunda Lake is another famous lake, which offers boating and water scooter facilities as well. Don't forget to try out the delicious local snacks that are sold here! Thane offers a chance to discover the unique flavours of Maharashtrian cuisine. Lodging here is not a problem with numerous hotels and guest houses available as per the tourist's requirement. If nature is something that you wish to explore, Thane is the place to be!Read More
So, to continue by own tradition to spent my birthday at some new place that I always wanted to explore, I planned to visit Murudeshwara. As usual, I called my cousin at 11:30 AM and asked him if he will join, and all he asked was what train we will be catching. He must have got used to my absurd habit of dropping sudden plans on him.Three and half hours later, we were at Thane station waiting for Mumbai - Mangalore Matsyagandha express with our sacks on our back and thoughts about how long we will be standing in train before we can rest our butt for some time. Luckily, three hours into the journey, a group of people got down at Mangaon and we got a place to seat. Rest of the journey was completed comfortably (with our nomad standards). We got down at Murudeshwara Road at around 4AM in morning only to see couple of autos waiting outside railway station. This was my first time in an of the four southern states of India and I was really excited and worried about it at the same it. We took an auto from Station to Town and were planning to spend some time outside temple before the doors open. But auto driver suggested us a hotel nearby temple, so we planned to go for it. Place was average and we got the rest needed before starting our day.
223 Kms from Diveagar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Famous for its many temples and ghats, Nashik is one of the holiest cities in India. And for those looking for something more, there are the Sula Vineyards to explore. The eventful history of Nasik is evident in its various forts, including Harihar Fort and Ramshej Fort, that are sprinkled all over the city. The Sita Gufa or the Cave of Sita is believed to be the spot from where Goddess Sita was abducted by Ravana, while Panchvati is believed to be the asylum of Lord Rama during his exile. The Timbakeshwar Temple of Nasik is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a religious centre. Carved intricately, this much-celebrated temple is perched on top of the Brahmagiri hills. Indulge your senses at the Sula Vineyards, which offer an insightful and entertaining tour that offers information on wine manufacturing and a chance for wine tasting. Nasik offers an impressive assortment of Maharashtrian food that is lightly influenced by the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Popular restaurants include Barbeque Ville Veg Aroma and Aster The Coffee Shop. For accommodation, Nashik has options in all segments – budget, mid-range and luxury hotels. Read More
Located on the banks of river Godavari, this city is home to the famous Kumbh Mela organised every 12 years. Despite being spiritually relevant, the place is perfect for a short break. The waterfalls and vineyards are great stress relievers. The Sula wine industry has blossomed here over the years. A visit to one of the vineyards could be quite relaxing. A journey to Nasik will definitely be worth your while.Distance from Ahmadabad - 475 KmWhether you’re looking for a weekend of fun or just plain relaxation, list offers the best places to visit near ahmedabad within 500 kms. Their close proximity to the city make them popular local getaways. A two-day weekend is enough to take in the sights and sounds. It saves you time and money. All you need to do is settle on a destination and then hit the road. Take the time out to pamper your senses and enjoy some alone time. It not only relaxes you, but makes you appreciate life. You might not get to visit all these place near Ahmedabad for a perfect short trip. However, you can always try to take mini vacations every once in a while. It will be well worth it.
81 Kms from Diveagar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Surrounded by lush green valleys and numerous caves, Lonavala is a hill station set in the Sahyadri ranges. Its various treks, such as the Lonavala-Bhimashankar trek and the climb to Lohagad Fort and Duke’s Nose make it a favourite spots for trekkers and hikers. Lonavala gleams beautifully green during the monsoon months, with waterfalls oozing out of everywhere. Besides the hikes, there are the the Karla and Bhaja caves, Tiger’s Leap, Lonavala Lake and Bhushi Dam to visit. Apart from its boundless scenic beauty, Lonavala now boasts of a private adventure park as well. With endless shops in a row selling chikkis of all flavours, Lonavala is a paradise for all chikki lovers. The trademark chocolate walnut fudge is another scrumptious sweet treat. By virtue of connecting the prominent cities of Mumbai and Pune by both road and rail, Lonavala serves as a quick escape resort town having accommodation of all kinds and for all budgets. Read More
अगर आप मुंबई में रहते हैं तो आपके लिए मानसून में जाने वाली सबसे बढ़िया जगह है लोनावाला! मानसून की शुरुआत के साथ सह्याद्री पर्वत श्रृंखलाएं और हरे घाट, झरने और सुखद जलवायु और आकर्षक हो जातें हैं। शहर की हलचल से शीघ्र बचने के लिए विलक्षण पर्वतीय शहर लोनावाला की यात्रा की योजना बनाएं।कैसे पहुंचे - लोनावला में अपना एक रेलवे स्टेशन है जहां पुणे और मुंबई से काफी गाड़ियां रोज़ आती हैं | सबसे पास एयरपोर्ट है पुणे में, जो वहाँ से 60 किलोमीटर दूर है | और आप अगर मुंबई या पुणे से आ रहे हैं तो अपनी कार से भी आ सकते हैं, केवल डेढ़ घंटे का रास्ता है दोनों शहरों से |कहाँ रहें - होटल ग्रैंड विसवा में आप हर सुख सुविधा केवल 3,000 रुपये में पा सकते हैं | आप चाहें तो ये आप अभी ही ये होटल बुक कर सकते हैं बिना पैसे दिए, यहां क्लिक करें |2. उदयपुर
I feel envious towards those who are born and brought up near hills. I’m fond of online personality tests and whenever I’m asked if I prefer hills to beaches, I always give a positive answer. Although beaches are romantic, I find solace in less crowdy places and that is why I prefer hills. Every time I visited my boyfriend, who is now my husband, we went on bike rides to the hills near Pune. Lonavala is one such places that still fills my heart with ebullience.It had been drizzling all day and to rejoice the generosity of the weather, we decided to go on a ride to Lonavala. The breathtaking valleys, coy mist, silvery skies transforming each second, prancing clouds, and lush green blanket of curly grass blew my mind. The road to the marvellous Tiger point was full of many hairpin curves and the mist was so dense that one could hardly say if the two headlights coming from the front were of a car or two different motorbikes. The trees on the road were bent as if they were doing it deliberately to hear the harmonious music of the wind.We reached the Tiger point. The place got its name as it gives impression of a tiger trying to leap across the valley. There was a small waterfall formed due to rain and the notorious mist was hiding it from it after every fifteen seconds as if it was a secret treasure. Yes, there was crowd, but it didn’t matter either. Thanks to the mist! We roamed around the place, the mist decreased suddenly, and I found a ravine nearby. It was so deep that most of the day it must have remained in shadow. Over it, a narrow path twisted its way down through the tress, over an open ridge where Sahyadri flora in varied hues grew wild, and then steeply down through a tangle of slender bamboo. I was about to call it heaven as the mist took the scene away from my eyes, and I was left illusioned as if I had been drugged.Visiting Lonavala and not tasting its delicious corn pakoras is like being in Switzerland and not tasting its cheese. The tempting fragrance of yummy pakoras with onion chutney is something that amplifies one’s hunger. The pakoras should be followed by a kulhad of hot coffee- so thick that if you don’t wipe your mouth after having it, you will be left with a crusty, brown moustache. To dig deep into the ocean of hillside cuisines, we also tried roasted corn with green pudina chutney peppered over it.It was around 6 o’clock when we decided to leave. The orange-purple Sun was peeping out from the grey clouds, and the city below was becoming alive with all electric lights. We could hear the leaves of the trees rustling and indicating that it was time to rest. The birds were going back to their nests with some savoury gifts in their beaks for their little ones, and we too returned with imperishable memories of the wedding of hills with clouds in Lonavala.
Route B: The second trail begins from Lonavala and crosses the Tungarali Dam to reach the Rajmachi Village. This is a 15km long straight road, where you can easily take a vehicle. However, cars can only go up to a certain point till a diversion comes. There is a place where you can park your vehicle at the diversion and from here the last one kilometre needs to be covered on foot.How to plan it: If you start your trek from Lonavala, you do not need more than a day to reach the fort and make your way back to Lonavala.Distance: 15kmWhere to stayKajrat:
We caught the train and started our journey. We reached Lonavala around 10.30 in the morning and hired cab to reach the Heritage Villa. On our way we stopped for breakfast and had mouthwatering spicy vada-pav and adrakwali chai. What a relief from hectic journey. Our villa provides the excellent view and surrounded by Mountains and Lush Greenery. After spending some time, we booked the cab and the journey begins.Tiger Point: This point resembles the shape of tiger. Hills were completely surrounded with the fog, which gives the spectacular view. A small waterfall makes the scene picture perfect. This exotic location beauty was just spellbound.Loin’s Point: Next to tiger point, this place is situated. The The hills and mountains get carpeted with lush greenery, clouds overflow the hills and cool breeze make the view is heavenly beautiful.Bhusi Dam: This dam was the jewel of our trip. The dam overflow with sparkling water and foggy weather and scenic waterfall makes you to fall in love with Lonavala. Indeed this place is the best hangout place with friends, and enjoys the water fun, but as its slippery steps and inconsistent water flow, you need to be very careful.Karla Caves: This is the house of the Buddhist shrines with ancient rock-cut caves. The place is very peaceful and architectural perfect. Most of the stupas are simply built and bare but some contain carvings on the top. Timing for visit is 9 AM to 5.30 PM and entry fee is 5/-Bhaja Caves: Located in Karla caves and display the sculpture of a prince in a chariot, dancing couple, an armed warrior and a prince seated on an elephant and much more. Small waterfall again makes the scene astonishingly beautiful.The caves are high up in the mountain and you need to climb up the stairs and many stalls are situated on your way. The beauty of Western Ghats is breathtakingly glorious.Celebrity Wax Museum: this was our last destination for the day. As name suggests some big celebrities, like Asha Bhosley, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Swami Vivekanand, Mr. Beans, Shaktiman, was statues are there. A good place to click photographs with all the celebrities and these statues will look original in some point. Timing for visit is 9 AM to 9.30 PM and entry fee is 100/-Our Day 1 journey ended and we came back to our villa, we packed variety of tasty roasted and grilled chicken and enjoy our dinner in balcony which is the best part of the villa. Good thing is loud music is allowed and we enjoyed a lot.
This hill resort offers a refreshing change of scenery. Just a three hour road trip from Mumbai it is a popular weekend getaway abuzz with adventuresome activities from trekking, camping and waterfall rappelling. Monsoon is the best time to see this hill station come alive. A place made very popular by Bollywood is Khandala and Lonavla, twin hill resorts that are about 93 kilometres away from the city along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. These two places stand 5 kilometres apart from each other and offer one adventures like trekking, camping under the skies, tour’s of the various farm houses that dot the place and water rappelling. The Korigad Fort is a great monument that stands here and so are the caves, Bhaja, Lohgad, the Tiger’s leap and Karla. It would also be fun to get a glimpse of the Duke’s Nose, a cliff that resembles the nose of the Duke of Wellington and aptly named after him.Distance from Mumbai - 83 Kms
When the monsoons come, the best place to visit is just a two hour drive away. Lonavla is a paradise during this time of the year and is at a height of 2041 feet above the sea. This hill station is a wonderful place to get away for the weekend and spend a few days in quietness. Nestled in the Sahyadri Ranges, this getaway spot is ideal for those who wish to snooze undisturbed. If you a looking for a good picnic spot to spend the weekend with your family, you may want to consider this place that is just 66 kilometres along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. For trekkers, this place has a lot to offer you. Visit the hill called the ‘Duke’s Nose’ or cave like Bhaja and Bhedsa for an adventure that will thrill you. The best time to pay this place a visit would be from October through to the month of April. We have made things a lot easier for you by adding Lonavala on our list of tourist places to visit near Pune within 100 km. Try water rappelling at Durshet, visit a rice plantation or camp out at Maval, this place is filled with options for you.Distance from Pune: 66 Km
Last week, one of my friends who was visiting Mumbai asked for my recommendations on things to do in Mumbai, where to eat and places to stay at Lonavla.Mumbai has always dazzled everyone with its charm. The warmth and high spirits of the city is quiet enticing.Here is what to do in Mumbai if you are there for a day or two!
Given the extreme popularity of the hill station, mainstream travellers often miss out on the historical attractions of the beautiful tourist places near Delhi. Situated very close to Lonavala are the Karla Caves, Bedsa Caves and Bhaja Caves that make for an interesting visit. Also check out the Lohagad, Visapur and Tungi Forts that hail back to the Yadava Empire.Distance from Mumbai: 96 kmWhere to stay: Citrus Lonavla3. Go trekking in Khandala
Recently we went for new year Eve party were in the mid night we met three people, although we were strangers to each other we share are snacks drinks hooka and danced like best friends this was my best new year eve ever because a place were no mobile no network we were not talking on what's app or fb but sharing our thoughts and singing n dancing forgetting all worries ..
214 Kms from Diveagar
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,July
Kolhapur, in Maharashtra, is a land of temples and regal palaces. The most revered of them is the Mahalaxmi Temple, which has a simple yet fascinating structure. Other temples here are the Temlabai temple, Jyotiba temple and the Bimkhambi Ganesh temple. The Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, which was once the residence of the first Maharaja of the Maratha Empire, is a vivid display of artefacts representing the ancient history of the city. Take a walk through history at the Panhala Fort, which is an imposing fortification believed to have housed Chhatrapati Shivaji himself. Kolhapur is known for its spicy array of Maharashtrian food. Try some of the local delicacies at Padma Guest House, Waman Guest House and Parakh. Being a bustling tourist destination, Kolhapur has a lot to offer when it comes to lodging for all types of budget travellers. Don't forget to take back the local Kolhapuri Chappals, that make for lovely traditional footwear. Read More
Now the D Day arrived it was 1st of Dec and I was sitting in my office preparing powerpoint presentation for the client instead of our roadtrip and celebrating our anniversary with my wife . My wife availed the leave as she had informed all her colleagues that we are going for the roadtrip and if she will go offc everyone will ask what happened. She was angry too and we didn’t talked in the morningMe : Hello, Happy AnniversaryWife : So ??? Do your offc work ( I can feel the Angriness on the other side of phone )Me : Lets continue our tripWife : How ????Me : Will travel in Night , pack the bags and be ready . We will start the journey once I reach home from OffcWife : Is it possible ?Me: Yes we will start today and cut short the journeyWife: YipppieMe: Ok, I will reach home by 4 will start soonSomehow pleaded to my manager that I will leave a bit early and he agreed. Now the wait was killing. Once the clock strike 3 30 PM I left office and was at home. When reached home found that the luggage is full ( Thanks to my wife who travels very heavy ) .Now there is no time to repack bags so we started from Pune by 5 PM with a good pace in chilling winter reached Kolhapur by 11 PM. Time to take rest in a pre-booked hotelNow another jolt of hammer, we informed the hotel earlier that we will be doing card payment, thanks to demonetisation we had only INR 6000 of hard cash. He agreed upon that but once we reached Kolhapur found that his swiping machine was not working as the internet is down ( Thanks to NHAI fellow who cut the broadband line while digging) and also he didn’t had any Paytm account. We tried for Online Transfer also but we failed. Now with no option left, we paid 2k to him in hard cash.Now the biggest question “Shall we return to Pune as we have only INR 4000 left”. Wife said will decide tomorrow morning as it’s already too late
It is a historical place and has great temples too
The closest central place, to cover the spots, in Kolhapur one can visit Mahalakshmi Mandir, Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir, Shahu Place, Rankala Lake. Also you can visit famous Jyotiba temple which is hardly 26 Km from the place all places can be covered in 2 days span
From Kolhapur to Malvan it takes 5 hours. There are two routes to reach Malvan- via Gaganbawada ghat or via Radhanagri. We took the route via Radhanagri village. The road condition is good. But the route has lots of turns and swirls. We left from Kolhapur at 7.30am and reached Malvan at 1.30pm. On the way we stopped at Radhanagri for breakfast and at backwaters, a little ahead from Radhanagri near Anuradha village.